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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Although Libya's indigenous Christians were assimilated or annihilated during previous waves of Islamic expansion, the Church has been continually present since Roman times. Libya has almost 100,000 Christians, but they have been in great danger since the Western-assisited Islamists overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Now, their situation in Libya is described as "precarious."
Sunday, October 20th, 2013
After the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Christians are being targeted for violent crimes, while Libya’s struggle for a political identity is being exploited by extremists attempting to wrest control over the country’s oil fields.
Friday, October 4th, 2013
Recent reports indicate that a majority of the rebels ravaging Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR) are composed of foreign Islamists. These Muslim fighters reportedly are working at the behest of the current president of the CAR, Michel Am-Nondokro Djotodia. Former president François Bozizé, was deposed in March by this rebel coalition, known as Seleka, which installed president Djotodia. Djotodia is the first Muslim leader of the majority Christian nation. During the rebellion, allegations surfaced that many of the rebel fighters were in fact Sudanese and Chadian Islamist militants. These new reports tend to confirm those allegations, and have given greater weight to concerns that the militants receive some measure of funding and guidance from the same sources that funded Malian, Tunisian, and Libyan revolts, namely: Al Qaeda.
Saturday, June 1st, 2013
It is now painfully clear that the widely acclaimed Arab Spring, which hoped to instill democratic change and greater freedoms throughout the Arab world, has given rebirth to a radical agenda that seeks to Islamize the Middle East. In Egypt, more than 80 Christians have been killed and several churches have been destroyed since the country’s uprising. In Syria, Christians have fled Islamist rebel-controlled cities in the thousands in fear for their lives. The Arab Spring—at one time a commendable, idealistic dream—has now plummeted toward a grave reality: the only freedoms gained were those of Islamists that demand complete submission from Christians.
Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
The Arab Spring—at one time a commendable, idealistic dream—has now plummeted toward a grave reality: the only freedoms gained were those of Islamists that demand complete submission from Christians and other religious minorities. From Syria to Egypt, Christians are under attack and fleeing their homelands in unprecedented numbers, raising concerns that the very existence of Christianity in the Middle East is at stake.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Friday, April 19th, 2013
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that seven expatriate Christians who were abducted in February by an Islamic militia group in Libya have been released and are now safe in their respective countries. The last Christian from the group landed in Cairo International Airport on Tuesday night.
Friday, March 29th, 2013
The recent death of an Egyptian Evangelical Christian under dubious circumstances, along with increasing arrests and detention of Christians, confirms the rising threat of Islamist extremism and Christian persecution in Libya.
Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
Sunday, March 24th, 2013
What is happening in Libya? Four Christian foreigners, including a South African, South Korean, Egyptian, and a Swede with a US passport, were arrested in Benghazi on February 10. Three days later, two more Christians from Egypt were arrested, one of whom, identified as Sherif Ramses, was reportedly tortured. Yet, that was only the tip of the iceberg. On February 27, at least 48 Christians from Egypt were arrested, one of whom died while in custody from possible torture. On top of that, a Coptic Church in Benghazi was attacked and two priests were assaulted by militants in early March. The country’s sudden persecution of Christians has led some to question whether the ‘new’ Libya has truly been liberated from the former tyranny of Muammar Gaddafi’s oppressive regime, or if one tyranny has simply been replaced by another, this time led by radical Islamists.
Friday, March 22nd, 2013
Four more Egyptian Christians were arrested in Libya last Friday, less than a month after the arrests of more than 50 Egyptian Christians in late February for allegedly proselytizing and distributing Christian literature. One of the Christians died while in prison. Though government officials say the Christian’s death was a result of natural causes, the Egyptian Christian community claims he was murdered after being tortured by militiamen. Though most of the Christians have since been released, an Egyptian, a South African, a South Korean and a Swede with a US passport who were arrested in mid-February remain in prison, along with the four Egyptian Christians that were arrested last week.
Thursday, March 21st, 2013
“In a troubling development, Egyptian Copts in Libya say one of their number has been killed by a militia while detained along with dozens of other Copts. Copts accuse Libyan militias, with the tacit approval of the government, of harassing, arresting, torturing, and now killing Christians,” Catholic Online reports. At least eight Christians remain behind bars in Libya, including an Egyptian, a South African, a South Korean and a Swede with a US passport who were arrested in mid-February, and four Egyptians that were arrested last week.
Monday, March 18th, 2013
Libya suspended work at its embassy in Cairo on Saturday following protests over the death of an Egyptian Christian in a Libyan prison last week. Though government officials say the Christian died of natural causes, the Egyptian Christian community claims he was murdered as a result of being tortured during his detainment. The Christian and more than 50 others were arrested in February for allegedly distributing Christian materials and proselytizing. According to the Maspero Youth Union (MYU), there were four more Egyptian Christians arrested in Libya on Friday.
Friday, March 15th, 2013
Militants torched a church used by Egyptian Christians in Benghazi, Libya on Thursday, a week after scores of Egyptian Christians were detained for alleged proselytization, the Associated Press reports. Although most of the Christians have since been released, at least four—including a Swedish-American, a South Korean, a South African and an Egyptian—remain behind bars.
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
The funeral of Ezzat Atallah, a Coptic Christian, was held Wednesday following his death in a Libyan prison, the Associated Press reports. While the Egyptian Foreign Ministry claimed that Atallah died from poor health due to diabetes and heart ailments, protestors suspect that poor prison conditions and possible torture contributed to his death. Atallah was one of more than 50 Christians arrested in February for allegedly distributing Christian materials and proselytizing. At least four foreign Christians, including a Swedish-American, a South Korean, a South African and an Egyptian remain in prison.
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
With the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, anti-Christian violence is quickly rising under the influence of Islamist extremism, thus raising concerns about the future of religious freedom in the country.
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Yesterday, ICC posted a news article concerning the death of Ezzat Atallah, one of the more than 50 Egyptian Christians arrested in Libya last month, who died in prison reportedly due to health problems. Naguib Guebrayel, a Coptic Christian lawyer, said that Atallah death was not because of his poor health, but a result of "being tortured with other detainees", RT.com reports. Atallah was one of five Evangelical Christians arrested for allegedly proselytizing and distributing Christian literature. Although most of the Christians have since been released, an Egyptian, a South African, a South Korean and a Swede with a US passport who were arrested in mid-February remain in prison, according to reports.
Monday, March 11th, 2013
Ezzat Atallah, one of the more than 50 Egyptian Christians that were arrested in Libya last month, died while in prison likely due to health problems, the Associated Press reports. The Christians were detained for allegedly proselytizing and distributing Christian literature. Thirty-five of the Christians were deported back to Egypt last week for illegally entering the country, while 20 were cleared to stay in Libya. ICC has yet to confirm the reasons for Atallah’s death, but there is concern that it may have been a result of harsh treatment while in prison, as many of the Christians were reportedly tortured by Libyan officials. Atallah was one of five Evangelical Christians arrested in the crackdown.
Thursday, March 7th, 2013
“What is going on in Libya?” Middle East analyst Raymond Ibrahim asks in reference to the rising persecution of Christians in the country. Four Christian foreigners were arrested in Benghazi on February 10. Three days later, two more Christians from Egypt were arrested, one of whom, identified as Sherif Ramses, was reportedly tortured. Three days after that, a seventh Christian, also from Egypt, was arrested. Then, on February 27, at least 48 Christians were arrested (with some reports placing the number at closer to 100), and some were reportedly tortured. Days later, a Coptic Church was attacked in Benghazi and two priests were assaulted. “It is becoming clear that these arrests are increasingly less about actual Christian evangelism to Muslims, and more about Muslim hostility to Christians,” Ibrahim writes.
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Islamists attacked an Egyptian church in Benghazi, Libya and assaulted two priests days after the arrest of dozens of Egyptian Christians suspected of proselytizing “Since the 2011 revolution that ousted the late dictator Moamer Kadhafi, Libya’s small Christian minority has expressed fears over Islamic extremism, especially with the rise of armed militias enforcing their own law in the absence of central control,” Agence France-Presse reports. Moreover, Libya’s Islamists are growing bolder with every new accusation against a Christian or other minority for proselytizing or being involved in some other type of ‘illegal’ religious activity. Sadly, the arrests of Christians and attacks on the Christian community are bound to escalate as a result.
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
“Libyan Islamists detained 48 Egyptian Christians in Benghazi last week, torturing them and using acid to burn off tattoos of the cross,” family members told Fox News. The Christians were accused of proselytizing and distributing Christian literature. Photographs and a video circulated online showing the Christians locked in a small room and guarded by bearded Salafists. Some of the Christians appeared to be cut and bruised. The arrests began when an Egyptian, a South African, a South Korean and a Swede with a U.S. passport were arrested in mid-February. No one has been released to date, despite there being no known charges against them, and the situation is growing worse. ICC will continue to keep you updated as the story unfolds. Please remember these Christians in prayer.
Friday, March 1st, 2013
Dozens of more Egyptian Christians were arrested Wednesday in Libya on charges of proselytizing, MidEast Christian News reports. The detainment follows the arrests of seven Christian foreigners in mid-February who are currently being held in Benghazi. According to MidEast News, the arrests were reported by the Facebook page "Yes to Secularism in Libya," where a video was uploaded showing a group of Coptic Christians crowded into a room, after having their heads shaved by authorities. ICC has yet to be able to confirm this information.
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
With Libya’s ‘liberation’, which has brought some positive changes in the country, is also the threat of rising Islamic extremism. In Libya, Egypt, and several Middle Eastern countries, Islamists have gained significant political influence, and sentences against proselytizing, blasphemy, and apostasy are being enforced to an extent never seen under former dictatorships. The Islamist agenda is clear: to establish an Islamic state based on the principles of Sharia law. The ramifications of that agenda in Libya are perhaps clearer now than ever before with the arrest of seven Christian foreigners this month. In this article, Raymond Ibrahim looks at the history of Islam in Libya, questions the Obama administration’s approach in developing a ‘new’ Libya, and fears for the future of Christianity and religious freedoms in the country.
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
Seven Christian foreigners have been arrested in Libya in recent weeks for allegedly proselytizing and distributing Christian literature. According to Morning Star News, one of the Christians, Sherif Ramses from Egypt, has been tortured while being held in Benghazi. The Christians include a South African, Swedish-American, and several Egyptians. The Christians have yet to be officially charged.
Monday, February 25th, 2013
Three Egyptian Christians were arrested in Libya in mid-February, raising the total number of Christians behind bars in the country to seven, Morning Star News reports. The crackdown began when four Christian foreigners, including a Swedish-American, were arrested on Feb. 10 following accusations of proselytizing and distributing Christian literature. Charges against the three Egyptians remain unknown. The Christians are currently being held in Benghazi and are undergoing interrogation.